Godolphin's Dubawi Wins National Stakes

Godolphin's Dubawi Wins National Stakes
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Frankie Dettori rides Dubawi to third win in three starts with this victory in the National Stakes.
Godolphin's Dubawi solidified his place as the favorite for next year's 3-year-old English Classics with an impressive three-length triumph in the National Stakes (Ire-I) for juveniles at The Curragh Sunday.

The bay son of Dubai Millennium, ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, pressed the pacesetter Russian Blue before taking the lead in the final quarter mile of the seven-furlong event. He hung briefly after getting the lead when ducking to the inside with a furlong left. But after corrected by Dettori, he ran on well to win easily as the 8-13 choice among the seven rivals.

Berenson came on to overtake Russian Blue in the final 100 yards for second by 1 1/2 lengths over Russian Blue.

"He traveled like a good horse and I set him alight a furlong and a half out," Dettori told Racing Post. "He was a bit cheeky with me and looked at the crowd but he won like a really good horse. I like his attitude and he is a great prospect for next year."

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said Sunday's win would likely be the end of Dubawi's season, adding, "To have a son of Dubai Millennium win a group I is a great day for Godolphin and he is now very much a Classic prospect for next year."

Dubawi, now undefeated in three starts, was timed in 1:24.88 on a yielding course. His previous wins came in a Goodwood maiden race and the Superlative Stakes (Eng-III) at Newmarket in July.

Democratic Deficit finished fourth, followed by Excelsis, Elusive Double and Rowan Tree.

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